The Dark Side
The Boy had a wonderful time.
CM and I survived.
I need to credit Tip Junkie, as I got most of the Jedi Training Camp ideas from her amazing blog.
The party started with the boys signing in to Jedi Camp and receiving their standard training uniform (brown felt cut like a poncho with a rope belt). They each received a sticker, I had 2 of each and use that to divide them into pairs later for training.... as any good pmac director knows, divide and conquer is the way to go.
We had "The Empire Strikes Back" on TV and playing throughout the speakers in our house.
The boys then came outside and were briefed on the training camp and activities and behavior expectations.
Then, in pairs, they practiced the different stations of the obstacle course.
Once everyone had practiced, they individually ran the course. The last station was one on one dueling with Darth. Once they completed it successfully, they received a darth rubber bracelet.
Then pizza, and a scavenger hunt for the cake and then presents.
We had 12 boys. 8 would have been a ideal number.
I had a whistle. Which proved to be invaluable.
I went inside to pay the pizza guy. When I came out, Darth Vader was backed into a corner by 12 boys chanting, "Kick him in the nuts!" When I asked why CM didn't tell them to knock it off, he said he didn't want to take the helmut off and confirm their suspicions that Darth was him.
Got to love a man who commits.
At one point I said something like, "I am the kind of person who won't give you cake if you don't calm down." This actually worked for a minute.
My camera was wacky, so I only got a few shots of The Boy and CM dueling. I am bummed I didn't get a picture of the 3 of us, as I was dressed too.. not quite Princess Leia, maybe her cousin.
I love this first one... notice the attacker from behind....
Here are a few more....